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Author: Roberta Witty
Educating business managers on the business value of business continuity management (BCM) is a challenge for many organizations. Often, this challenge arises because business managers don’t understand or appreciate the value of availability risk information or their relationship to it. This lack of understanding of how availability risk links to business performance is a leading cause of BCM programs having a great, exciting start, but ending in their long-term demise. In this session, we will discuss the following key issues: What do boards and line-of-business executives want from continuity of operations programs? How do the risk-based disciplines impact corporate performance? How can you use KPIs and KRIs to present a defensible case for the value and effectiveness of BCM to an executive audience?
Author: Mike Mastrangelo
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston was recently invited to meet with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs to present on UTMB’s 3-year effort to develop a national model for response to major chemical incidents such as releases of toxic industrial chemicals like Hydrofluoric Acid (HF). Unlike other chemical releases, HF produces a heavier-than-air persistent vapor cloud that is toxic to people, animals, and plant life. Specific medical countermeasures are needed to treat HF injuries, yet these are in short supply. Department of Homeland Security also recently completed a three-year effort to develop a new framework and strategic approach to chemical incident preparedness (for terrorist incidents and accidents). Although the efforts were independent, there were many commonalities, including the use of advanced computational modeling by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to simulate chemical release scenarios. Another significant similar approach was to enhance the risk assessment process to incorporate information about the jurisdiction’s response capability. A new toolset was developed called a Response Risk Assessment (RRA). In its pilot program, DHS completed the RRA at five cities across the United States (including Houston as part of the Super Bowl preparedness effort). At the conclusion of the meeting, the Office of Health Affairs and UTMB agreed to pilot test the RRA Toolset in Galveston County Texas with the assistance of UTMB. The ultimate goal is to roll out the toolset to all U.S. jurisdictions for self-assessments. The presentation will use HF as a case study on use of an enhanced risk assessment process to build healthcare continuity. Another aspect of preparedness examined is the use of a combination of an all-chemical hazards approach – with – a specific planning approach for Priority Risk chemicals in a given region. UTMB now sponsors an annual HF incident symposium that includes national and international experts in various aspects of the response. Honeywell, the world’s largest producers of HF, participates in UTMB’s annual HF Exercise and Symposium. The project won a University of Texas National Security Excellence grant and was the basis for a recent award of a Combined Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA) preparedness grant from Department of Homeland Security/FEMA.
Author: Dan See
Have you done a Risk Assessment lately, ever? Do you have a risk methodology to work with? Do you know the critical assets that really allow your organization to meet its business goals? What keeps you and your leadership up at night? This risk assessment workshop will put your conference time to good use and go beyond talking about risk assessments – you’ll actually do a risk assessment. Using a combination of lecture and practical exercise you will be able to go back to your organization and put your new risk assessment skills to use/ The workshop will cover risk methodology (analyzing, reporting, managing); undesirable events; performing the analysis (impact, threat, vulnerability) risk identification; risk mitigation; and risk reporting.
Author: Mary Gardner
This session will provide an overview of the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) Risk Report. 2017 marks the twelfth year that the WEF surveys over 800 global leaders to determine their top ten risks. In recent years, societal, geopolitical and environmental threats have come to supplant economic risks as issues of greatest global concern. As our world continues to be more interconnected, a holistic risk management approach needs to consider the interdependencies between risks. The 2016 WEF Risk Report called for actions to build resilience. This session will identify practical examples of how this could be done.
Event: DRI Collegiate Conference, University of St. Thomas, April 23 2016
Author: Mike Mastrangelo
Given the high level of risk at the UTMB Campus, we work to eliminate the subjectivity of the risk assessment process as much as possible and to quantify that risk where possible. The risk assessment process is the foundation of UTMB's Preparedness Program and it affords officials the the best information to optimize preparedness and respond to incidents. An overview of the Preparedness Program will be provided - looking at specific examples of risk quantification including hurricanes and chemical incidents (Hydrofluoric Acid incidents in particular).